2 Boys, 13, Suspected of Starting Brush Fire

Two 13-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of starting a brush fire Thursday that blackened 25 acres of canyon wild lands and threatened nearby houses, fire officials said.

The boys, who were not identified because of their ages, had fireworks in their possession, Sheriff’s Lt. Lynn Nehring said. By state law, the parents of minors can be held responsible for the emergency services costs and damage caused by fireworks fires.

More than 30 engine companies and helicopters and airplanes fought the fire, which began about 3 p.m. and was in check by 5:30 p.m., according to Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Emmy Day.

The fire threatened some houses along Calle Cumbre and Calle Vallarta, but did not damage them, Day said. She said there were no reported injuries or evacuations.


Firefighters were expected to monitor the area overnight for lingering hot spots.